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Your Resort, Every Day Luau Party Up and Coming What are You Training For? Cycle for the Cure Keep your Brain Young Genesis of Kinesio Tape Slam Dunk! Beat the Back-to-School Blues Supplements + Smoothies Boosts We’ll Help You Unwind Why Can’t I Just Lose 8 Pounds? Just Ask Lisa Focus on Members Social Spot

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meet your managers Carol Nalevanko President, DMB Sports Clubs Rick Erdenberger Vice President, DMB Sports Clubs General Manager, DC Ranch Village John Smallfield General Manager, Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club Jim krimbill General Manager, Gainey Village Health Club & Spa


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Photo by Dave Seibert. See more on pages 10 + 11.

At the Village, we value and welcome our members’ feedback on how we can improve the club every day. As we continue to evolve as a club, it is important for us to gather research and listen to our members’ input on new opportunities in the fitness industry and club operations. There are several avenues that a member can take to communicate with us. We have always maintained an open door policy. If for some reason you cannot get in front of a staff person, we have comment boxes at the front desk for your suggestions. In February, we introduced the Medallia online survey. The Medallia survey is used by many of the top companies and resorts across the country. This survey is emailed to each member four times a year and enables us to address immediate questions, directly and confidentially with you. The survey also allows us to understand ways we can improve the member experience and stay current with the latest health club industry trends. Having your updated email address in our system is an integral part of this process. Please provide any email changes to our membership department or the front desk staff.

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club hours Independence Day: 5 am – 4 pm Labor Day: 5 am – 4 pm

The Village clubs are designed and managed to be clubs, not gyms. They are a place for members to interact and have fun exercising together. We want the clubs to be part of your daily routine and feel like your second home. The highest compliment we can receive, is when you feel comfortable enough to ask your friends, family, and co-workers to join you at the Village.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey, and providing constructive feedback so that “Life is Better at the Village.” Jim Krimbill General Manager, Gainey Village

camelback 4444 e. camelback rd. • phoenix, arizona 85018 phone: 602.840.6412 • fax: 602.852.0411

dc ranch 18501 n. thompson peak pkwy. • scottsdale, arizona 85255 phone: 480.502.8844 • fax: 480.515.5521



7477 e. doubletree ranch rd. • scottsdale, arizona 85258 phone: 480.609.6979 • fax: 480.609.6976 Comments, submissions and advertising inquiries can be sent to (Camelback); tclark@dmbclubs (DC Ranch) or (Gainey).

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Village hikers at the trailhead ready to go.

We had a great turnout and a beautiful day for the Village hike up to Tom’s Thumb in March. After the hike the we stopped at Pinnacle Grille for breakfast.

We all made it to the thumb!

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The group setting out for Tom's Thumb.

Bob Stimming celebrated his 94th birthday at Gainey Village by doing what he always does…riding the stationary bike for 40 minutes every day! Bob, you are a true inspiration and we love you!

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E  njoying breakfast at The Pinnacle Grille after the hike.

A  manda & Johnny Ware at Ironman 70.3 St. George.


Triathlon Season in Full Swing

Village Members and employees competed in numerous local and out-of-state races this spring including the Marquee/Leadman in Tempe, Ragnar Trail relay, Ironman 70.3 St. George in Utah, St. Croix 70.3, Rocky Point Triathlon, Esprit de She in Tempe, Tempe International Triathlon and many more.

Amanda Ware on the bike in Ironman 70.3 St. George.

Summertime pushes our athletes to travel out of town for cooler weather races such as Ironman Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, Ironman 70.3 Vineman and Barb’s Race in northern California, Mountain Man in Flagstaff, Deuces Wild in Show Low, and Lake Stevens in Washington, among others. This fall, Village triathletes will conquer Ironman Arizona, SOMA Triathlon, Tour de Scottsdale Cycle Event, and the CFF Ride for Life hosted by DC Ranch Village on November 9. Village triathletes are members of a handful of local triathlon clubs including two supported by Village clubs—ONE Multisport and TriScottsdale. DC Ranch Village hosts ONE Multisport training days, group rides, and monthly meetings and TriScottsdale is centered around Gainey Village with group rides, track workouts, and social events. For more information on these two groups go to and www.triscottsdale. org. Ladies, check out the all-women cycling group (they also run and swim) NWLB which meets on Sunday mornings for a group ride. These 3 groups have a big impact on the sport of triathlon and throughout the community with their charity work, volunteerism at races, and support of all levels of triathletes.

At the Night Run in

downtown Scottsdale.

Team members Klas and Lisa Kuntze at

Ironman 70.3 St. George where ONE Multisport earned the Division 2 award.

The 2014 Tri for the Cure AZ was a huge success, in part because of all these gals from No Woman Left Behind cycling group.

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track workout at 5:30am yearround at Chaparral High School.

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O  NE Multisport founder and Village member John Dean (left) competing in the Tempe International Triathlon.

The TriScottsdale team, AZ Club Champion at the Tempe International on May 18.

l eft to right Village members Robin Cutler, Theresa

Seaquist, Colleen Olson and Clem Miller at the Tempe International Triathlon. l  eft to right Village employees Tom Clark and Amanda Ware with Ramsey Bergeron at the Tempe International Triathlon.

Welcome to Summer on the Village Squash Courts


It’s been a very active spring with the 2014 Village Club Championships once again seeing a changing of the guard in some divisions and a reclaiming of the title in the top 2 divisions. With all the juniors moving up the ranks, the standard of play is going to keep improving for many years to come. It is really great to see. Expect plenty of activity on the squash courts during the hot summer months—this is the time to play, work on your game and of course there’s no better way to keep in shape. Always remember IT IS COOL TO PLAY SQUASH !! The Village Club Championships at DC Ranch Village were held May 16 & 17. There were lots of great matches this year with many going to overtime in the 5th set. The well-played 2014 Village Club Champions are:

junior division 1 1st Jude Torres junior division 1 2nd Jordan Perry u/10 1st Thomas Tollison u/10 2nd Jordan Perry 2.5 Arnie Calica def Bennett Montrose 3/2 2.5 consolation Susan Mavoides def Caroline Moore 3/1 3.0 Mario Tapia def Juan Silva 3/0 3.0 consolation Brent Stein def Stuart Rucker 3/1 4.0 1st Nabil Wasif 4.0 2nd Pete Mavoides 4.5 1st Tyeson Cluff def Jim Franklin 3/0 4.5 consolation Jim Ganem def Brian Dunik 3/2 5.0 1st Frederic Ramioulle def Christian Hills 3/2 5.0 consolation Thierry Zerbib def Derrick Leiter 3/2 6.0/5.5 1st Jason Austin 6.0/5.5 2nd Richard Williams the daryl magana village squash sportsman award Jude Torres won the junior division and no matter whether he is winning or losing he always has a smile on his face and does his best. That’s what playing the game is all about.

 l eft 2.5 Arnie Calica

winner (right); Bennett Montrose 2nd r  ight 5.0 Frederic Ramioulle (left); Christian Hills 2nd

left 3.0 Mario Tapia winner (right); Juan Silva 2nd middle 4.5 Tyeson Cluff winner (left); Jim Franklin 2nd right 6.0/5.5 Jason Austin winner

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4 .0 Nabil Wasif winner

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 B etsy Owen received the League Captain of the Year Award.

P  amela Kinney received the League Captain Service Award.

Congratulations to Pamela Kinney, Lindsay Ebbert, Jamie Buterbaugh, Betsy Owen, and Kate Baker for being recognized in USTA League play. Betsy Owen received the League Captain of the Year Award. Her team included Village members Pam Ponwith and Tammy Auther, and they were National Champions at the Women’s 40 and over 4.5 NTRP level. Pamela Kinney received the League Captain Service Award. Pamela has captained over 50 USTA League teams over the past several years! Kate Baker and Lindsay Ebbert received recognition for USTA Central Arizona League Champions. Congratulations to the Jesse Ponwith family for being selected Family of the Year. And to Nathan Ponwith for being selected Junior Male Player of the Year. Nathan has won this award for the past 3 years and had another outstanding junior year most recently reaching the finals (at age 16) of the 18 and under Easter Bowl Junior Boys Championships. This tournament features some of the World’s top juniors.


High School Champions

Congratulations to Chase McQueen, member of the State High School Championship team at Brophy Prep. Chase played in the deciding doubles match that clinched the title. Very exciting! Congratulations also go to Madison Clarke, Maggie Cohen, and Scarlet Rush, members of the State 5A High School Championship team at Xavier. Their team swept the singles matches in the finals to take the title.

 P am and Nathan Ponwith accepted the

Family of the Year Award. Nathan Ponwith was named Junior Male Player of the Year.

Village member Chase McQueen (right) and his partner JJ Goode holding the 5A State Tennis Championship trophy.

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Alyssa Vasquez Congratulations to the newest Gainey Village CrossFit coach, Alyssa Vasquez. Alyssa definitely practices what she preaches. Come by and join her sometime.

The 8th annual Swim FAST Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge Swim


 Gainey Village members John Levy and Kurt Gusinde participated in the 1.4-mile swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park on April 11


Both events benefit the Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training (FAST), an organization which promotes water safety and drowning prevention in Arizona. Over a dozen Village members participated this year. Next year the dates are April 26 – 27, 2015 so plan on joining us. A comprehensive training program starts in the fall. Details will be available at all Village clubs or by accessing You’re invited to come do two epic swims in one weekend: 1.4 miles from Alcatraz to San Francisco and 1.2 miles along the length of the Golden Gate Bridge!

This could be you! Join us in the spring of 2015.

Summer Splashes!

Congratulations to Swim Neptune for winning the 2014 Short Course Arizona Age Group State Championship by over 900 points. Their winning ways continued in Morgan Hill, CA in April. Village members Bryce Fitzgerald and Devin Esser (profiled in last issue) both made the championship finals in six events and set Arizona state records in both 10 & Under 200 Freestyle Relay and 200 Medley Relay. Devin Esser broke the Arizona state record in the 500-yard Freestyle as well. Swim Neptune finished 8th out of over 200 teams at Far Westerns and was the top-scoring team outside California! Swim Neptune competes year-round with major championship meets in March/April and July. The pre-competitive team has championship meets three times a year (May, July and November) but competition is available 1 – 2 times every month.

V  ictorious Swim Neptune team members include Devin Esser (right) and Bryce Fitzgerald (second from left) who were the profiled in an article in Spring 2014 BetterLife newsletter!

Village swimmers competing in the backstroke event at the Trident League Championships meet in May 2014.

Gainey Village member Nicky Roth (left) at a local swim meet.

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Swim Neptune held their second annual Swimathon at DC Ranch Village on Saturday May 17. Swimathon is a national fundraising program of USA Swimming. Swimmers raise money from either donations or pledges per lap. During the Swimathon, swimmers complete as many laps as possible in two hours or up to 200 laps. Swim Neptune members from all Village locations swam in three shifts—so yes, the event lasted six hours, from 1 – 7pm. Thanks to everyone who helps support Swim Neptune in so many ways.

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Village Cup

Tournament dc ranch vs. camelback    T he victorious

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Camelback Village tennis team.

And the winner is... Camelback by a nose! The first annual Village Cup Tennis Tournament was held at DC Ranch Village Tennis Center on May 17. Camelback won 15 matches to DC Ranch’s 14. Congratulations to everyone and thanks to all who represented us so well! Next year’s event will be at Camelback Village. Take a look at the “cup” displayed in the Camelback Village V Lounge. The “cup” was donated by Brian Cheney who won the Phoenix District Championships 3 years in a row many years ago, so it was retired to him. Bruce Nichols also won the Championships during that time frame, so his name is also engraved on the cup!

    Jay Backstrum √ Joe Mehranfar faces his opponent. Photos © Buttel Photography

   t op Wendy Wolfe returns

a forehand while Aiko Karlshoej looks on. bottom Jerry Asin spinning in a serve!

DC The Ranch Village Tennis Center and its international coaching staff Nick Heron Director of Tennis Nick Heron was born in Australia and came to the United States to the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas. Nick taught tennis at The Ritz Carlton Tennis Garden in Key Biscayne, FL for Cliff Drysdale Management and also directed clubs and programs in Florida, New York, and California.

Stuart McNicol South African-born Stuart McNicol is the latest addition to the coaching staff. Stuart has been one of the premier coaches and players throughout the Scottsdale area for many years now. Beginning to advanced players alike appreciate Stuart’s knowledge, experience, and passion for the game.

Eusebio Sarabia Eusebio Sarabia, originally from Spain, joined the DC Ranch Village Tennis Center staff from California. Before moving with his family to Scottsdale, Eusebio was directing junior programs for beginner juniors all the way through to nationally ranked junior players in the Los Angeles area. He also traveled on the ITF junior tour and the WTA tour with internationally ranked players. Coach Eusebio is directing our first junior summer tennis camp through July 25 on a weekly basis. The summer tennis camp is open to players age 5 and up of all ability levels. Campers will experience all aspects of the game including hand-eye coordination, racquet skills, stroke fundamentals, point play, and friendly competition.

Upcoming Events We have many events planned in the upcoming months. Join us for a U.S. Open tennis mixer in August, adult tournament in September, doubles club championships in October, and an end-of-year event in December. Don’t let the Arizona heat get in the way of your tennis this summer. Our adult program summer schedule has plenty to offer—clinics, doubles round-robins and lessons for players of all levels including our 4-week Tennis 101 program for players who are just starting out.

DC Ranch Tennis Center staff—Nick Heron and Susan Cabano at the net, Coach McNicol seated. Photo by Stan Hillhouse.

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September will see the beginning of men’s and women’s club teams competing in local Inter-Club, ATA, and USTA competitions. To keep things running smoothly, Susan Cabano has joined the tennis staff as team coordinator. If you are interested in being part of a DC Ranch Village Tennis Center team, please contact Susan at the tennis front desk. We have teams at all different levels, so don’t be shy—join today!

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It was a beautiful May evening and Camelback Village decided to throw a party!

Lia Pulver greets Jerry Howard with a Hawaiian Lei while wife Cynthia Francois looks on. Photos by Dave Seibert

The luau was set up in the Village backyard. A huge crowd of 600 – 650 members and guests arrived and were greeted by Village staff and given a lei. Live entertainment by the Royal Islanders consisted of not only exotic, fun island music but also hula dancers and fire throwers! Not only did the female party attendees get hula lessons, the men learned how to HAKA! The Village Courtside CafÊ catered the event with Island food, wowing the crowd with teriyaki chicken, salmon, and pork sliders!

Members enjoying the chicken, salmon and other tropical foods.

E  d Duke, Cynthia Francois and Jerry Howard.

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up and

Coming COMMUNIT Y C D G • Village Clubs Happy Hour at Derby Public House JULY 17, 6 – 8 pm

KE Y event location

C • Camelback D • DC Ranch G • Gainey

Derby Public House is offering Village members one complimentary drink (beer, wine, or well drink) and half off appetizers. Derby Public House is located in Scottsdale’s entertainment district and has a vintage feel with a fun game atmosphere. The address is 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, phone 480.999.3311.

Chef Maggie Norris loves to share her passion for food by teaching cooking classes at Gainey Village.

Please sign up by July 14 with Shelly McGann at Gainey Village, Space is limited to 125 people. Each member may bring one guest. C D G • 4th Annual “Hotter than Heck” Hike + Dinner AUG 1, 5:15 pm

3 – 4 mile Intermediate to Advanced Sunrise Trail Hike. Yes, it will be hot. Yes, it’s a little crazy to be hiking when it’s over 100. But believe it or not, this hike is almost 100 percent in the shade and we hiked it last year and it wasn’t bad at all! Meet at 5:15pm at the trailhead (145th Street & Via Linda). We will hike until 6:30pm and if we’re not to the top we will turn around and head back so we’re done by dark. We’ll head to Blue Adobe

restaurant afterward (Via Linda & Frank Lloyd Wright). Bring a change of clothes. Please sign up by July 28. Guests are welcome. To sign up or for more information contact Shelly McGann at 480.624.9125 or


Camelback Village Junior Tennis Academy

AUG 18

The after-school Junior tennis clinics will begin again August 18 with classes for ages 4 through 16. C D G • The Boomerang Trophy Squash Tournament at DC Ranch Village


We are having a great year for juniors with close to 20 now playing regularly. Why not introduce your kids to this fantastic sport through the junior program. You will have an opponent and a challenge for many years to come. C • Tues 3:30 – 4:30 pm D • Junior/Novice SAT 12 – 1:30 pm

Time to play for The Boomerang. A great reminder that the ball can always come back.

G • Thurs 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Squash Clinics

To enter any of the squash events and for information on all lessons, clinics and junior programs, or to purchase squash equipment, don’t hesitate to contact Roy at or 602.350.5173.

C • Novice/3.0 Wed 4 – 5:30 pm D • NOVICE/3.0 TUES 9:30 – 10:30 Am

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Junior Squash Program

C • SAT 8 – 11:30 Am, Mon 5 – 8 pm D • S AT 8 – 11:30 Am, Mon 5 – 7:30 pm,

Wed 4 – 7:30 pm

G • Tues + Thurs 5:30 – 7:30 pm


Paddle to Pints AUG 16

Combine a Verde River kayak trip with a cold frosty brew for a fun and adventurous Verde River Valley experience. There will be just enough excitement on the river to make it fun, but you don’t need to be an experienced kayaker. Our inflatable Ducky Kayaks are wide and stable and perfect for beginners. After your Verde River adventure you will return to the Verde River Adventure Center to receive your wristband and directions to Rendezvous in Old Town Cottonwood. The Rendezvous features an eclectic, delicious menu and is located at the “Gateway to Old Town Cottonwood,” the newest, hippest scene in the area. The setting is intimate, social and casual with over 20 micro brews and 25 wines from Arizona and around the world. It’s the perfect way to end an epic river day in the high desert, in the beauty of the lush Verde River Valley with a place to relax, socialize and enjoy a frosty brew. This will be an all-day event, leaving from DC Ranch Village in the early morning and returning in the evening. Please contact Tom Clark at for all the details.

C D G • Village Hiking & Biking Trip through Zion and Bryce SEPT 24 – 29

Spend an unforgettable week with fellow Village members and AOA exploring these two national treasures by bike and on foot. We ride beneath towering pines on the Red Rock Bike Trail, across the sandstonelayered Kodachrome Basin, and through a maze of canyons among towering spires. Swapping pedals for boots, we hike to the Emerald Pools and Angel’s Landing in Zion. Itinerary: Day 1: Transfer from Phoenix to Springdale, UT—the gateway to Zion National Park Day 2: Hike Angel’s Landing and cycle the canyon floor of Zion National Park. Hiking 5 – 8 miles, Cycling 10 – 18 miles Day 3: Hike to Emerald Pools, then pedal through Red Canyon near Bryce Canyon. Hiking 2 – 4 miles, Cycling 20 miles Day 4: Cycle multi-hued Kodachrome Basin and take a sunset walk. Hiking 3 – 5 miles, Cycling 15 – 30 miles Day 5: Ride the amazing rim of Bryce Canyon National Park, then explore the maze of canyons on foot. Hiking 3 – 5 miles, Cycling 18 – 36 miles Day 6: Enjoy a sunrise hike and transfer back to Phoenix Cost: $1649 (10 – 17 members); $1549 (18 – 30 members) You can take $150 off the price if you have your own bike. Limited to 30 people. Includes: • Round-trip transportation from Scottsdale (15-passenger van) • Professional, knowledgeable and safety-certified guides • National Park permits and entry fees • Two nights lodging in Springdale, UT (double occupancy) • Three nights lodging in Tropic, UT (double occupancy) • Meals and healthy snacks (breakfast and lunch, day 2 – 6) • Bottled water and assorted drinks during van rides

To sign up or for more information please contact Shelly McGann at Gainey Village, 480.624.9125 or

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• Giant Defy road bike or Trek Hybrid ($150 credit for bringing own bike, or toward an upgrade rental)

What are you training for? find a program that will get you results The information age is great, isn’t it? You can Google anything and get instant information. I searched for “fat loss workouts” on Google and got 40,400,000 results. That’s a lot of information. Too much information. Focus on the following recommendations: Skip Gagnon CSCS, CISSN, Fitness Director, DC Ranch Village. Skip can be reached at

Create your goal The first step to achieving any result is defining the goal you’re trying to reach. This sounds much easier than it actually is. I suggest using a modified SMART goals model—the acronym SMART refers to Specific, Measurable, Attractive (usually attainable, but I’ll explain this one in a moment), Realistic and Timely.

Specific: Goals must be specific. There’s a big difference between “losing weight” and “reducing body fat composition by 5%.” Measurable: You must always have a consistent way to measure your goal. If you use 2 different scales to track your weight, you will probably get inconsistent readings. Attractive: Most people who use SMART goals think of the A as “attainable.” I use “attractive” and define attractive as “the thing that compels YOU to reach this goal.” Working toward a goal because someone else suggested it usually won’t work. Think about the real reason you want to succeed. How will it change your life? What will happen if you don’t attain your goal? Make it your own and make it attractive.

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Realistic: Perhaps your goal is to complete a marathon. Do you have the time to commit or should you start with something smaller? What are the potential roadblocks that might get in the way? These are just some of the great questions to ask yourself in order to determine whether your goals are realistic. Timely: Always put a specific timeline to your goal. Establishing regular checkpoints is the best way to ensure that you’ll stay on track.

Select your training plan Now comes the more difficult part—selecting your training plan. For this, as well as designing your program, it helps to enlist the help of a fitness professional. The first step is to make sure your

personalized plan is in line with your specific goals. The training principal called S.A.I.D (Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands) says that the human body adapts to the specific demands that you place on it. The demands of the training program must align with the goals you’ve set. If you’re trying to increase lean body mass, a 60-minute treadmill workout may not be the best choice because the adaptation (increasing endurance and energy system efficiency) caused by the specific demands (longer duration cardiovascular exercise) may actually decrease lean body mass. Part of every successful plan will also incorporate the principal of progressive overload. As the S.A.I.D principle implies, the body adapts to a demand or stimulus. Once the body has adapted to the imposed demand, it is essential to increase the overload of the stimulus in order to continue adaptation. This can be accomplished by increasing the load (intensity) or the volume (distance, number of repetitions). I often see people just going through the motions doing the same weight, number of repetitions, distance or speed time and time again. This is a great way to maintain, but not a great way to move forward. Setting your goals and selecting the correct plan are essential steps in the journey to reaching your health and fitness goals. With all of the information out there, selecting the correct plan and specific exercises can be a daunting task. All of the trainers at your Village club have earned at least a 4-year degree in an exercise-related field as well as a nationally recognized personal training certification—and they are here to help you. If you are interested in updating your program and reaching your goals faster without being overwhelmed, please contact one of our trainers.

Cyclefor theCure

4th annual

raises record amount for cancer research at TGen

The 4th annual Cycle for the Cure—a heart-pumping, 2-hour cycling fundraiser— sold out bike slots at all four locations for a record-breaking year! Spurred by dynamic music and motivational instructors, more than 200 indoor cyclists at all of the Village club locations and Studio 360 helped raise more than $152,500 for cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). According to Robyn DeBell and Vicki Vaughn, Village members and event co-chairs, this year’s Cycle for the Cure exceeded our expectations by over 20 percent. The fun and enthusiasm with the event was contagious. Now more and more people are aware of how TGen benefits cancer patients. “We most sincerely thank the club management, the instructors and committee members donating their time to this event which further allows the scientific breakthroughs being made at TGen,” say Robyn and Vicki.

TGen focuses on developing and delivering precision medicine. Using genomic sequencing, TGen helps doctors match the appropriate therapy to each patient’s DNA profile, producing the greatest patient benefit. All of the funds generated by Cycle for the Cure support cancer research at TGen, and most of the patients who benefit from TGen’s research are Arizonans.

Save the date for the 5th annual Cycle for the Cure: Sunday, May 3, 2015.

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Nate Nathan is joined by DMB Sports Clubs President Carol Nalevanko at the Cycle for the Cure post-ride party. Nate not only donated his time and his band to provide entertainment, but also made a very generous donation to the cause. Thanks, Nate! right Some of the Village staff who provided support and motivation for cyclers at Camelback Village

Donations poured in from across the nation and around the world. There was team riding, virtual riding, and volunteering to help support the important work at TGen. The success of this year’s event was celebrated at the Post-Ride Party at the Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club with the Nate Nathan Band, food, drinks, and even dancing.

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Linda Hertzberg Group Exercise Director, Camelback Village

At one time it was thought that the brain progressively deteriorates with age. Thank goodness research has proven that it doesn’t have to be that way. A study called “Aerobic Exercise Training Increases Brain Volume in Humans”* has provided evidence to the contrary. 59 healthy but sedentary participants, age 60 – 79, participated in this study. Half were in the aerobic exercise group and the other half in the stretching and toning group. MRIs were used to measure the brain volumes of all participants before and after the 6-month study. The aerobic exercise group had significant increases in brain volume while the stretch and tone group did not. The study also showed that with increased brain volume comes an enhanced ability to learn, to adapt, to have increased memory function and a marked improvement in decision-making capability. The study showed conclusively that cardio or aerobic exercise helps to counteract disease and aging-related mental decline.

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How does aerobic exercise accomplish this brain turnaround? When you exercise aerobically, your heart pumps more blood carrying oxygen to your brain along with a wide array of hormones that nourish and grow brain cells. Regular exercisers are more likely to stave off diseases like diabetes and hypertension which can cause brain dysfunction and degeneration.

How much aerobic/cardio exercise do you need? The people in the study exercised aerobically for 3 hours per week. If you are not able to do that much cardio in the beginning, don’t be deterred. Take a short, brisk walk 2 times a day. Gradually work up to 30 minutes, 2 times per day. Walk briskly, swim, dance, play tennis, hike…the list is endless. You just have to get your heart rate up and coordinate your body’s movement. It won’t take long for you to get the hang of regular exercise and to feel its benefits for your body and brain. You will be sharper in every way.

Brain-body benefits from regular aerobic exercise: • Aerobic exercise can actually grow more brain cells thereby reversing your brain’s decline. • Aerobic exercise can help you deal with stress and alleviate depression, which can save your brain from dysfunction and deterioration. • C hoose an aerobic exercise that includes coordination along with a cardio workout for an even bigger brain enhancing payback. For example, ballroom dancing asks you to think and move at the same time. • Regular aerobic exercise will help you fight off diseases that degrade your brain’s ability to function well. * J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2006 Nov;61(11):1166 – 70.


SHOP Movingonup!

The new Village Realtor Program offers perks for agents and their buyers.

Are you a realtor who shows homes in neighborhoods close to the Village? You can impress your clients and earn exciting rewards in the new Village Realtor Program—and membership isn’t even required.

The Village Pro Shop & Boutique is the place to find performance apparel that meets modern, INNOVATIVE style. In these fast-paced times, you want to look your best all day long. We offer a balance between activewear, casualwear, and streetwear. If you have someplace you need to be after your workout, just stop by and shop the newest, trendiest fashions. Our mission is to offer appealing style that is comfortable and quality-made for both men and women.

The Village Realtor Program is designed to provide you with gifts for your home-buying clients. Simply present your client with a One-Month Village Membership Certificate compliments of you, or if you prefer, purchase a beautiful Village gift basket at a special Realtor-only price. Either way your gift will be remembered long after the boxes have been unpacked.

Realtor Client Appreciation Programs $250 Option One-Month Village Membership, 60-minute Massage Service, 60-minute Personal Training Session, 60-minute Pilates Session, 30-minute Tennis Lesson

$500 Option Membership Enrollment, One-Month Village Membership, 60-minute Massage Service, 60-minute Personal Training Session, 60-minute Pilates Session, 30-minute Tennis Lesson

Earn even more rewards for showing the club to your clients. Every time you bring your clients into the Village for a tour—or arrange a tour for them through the Membership office—you’ll be entered in a drawing for a Village Gift Basket filled with products and services to keep you healthy and happy. Drawings are held at each club on a regular basis, so the more tours you take the more chances you have to win. For more information on the Village Realtor Program, please contact the Membership office at any Village Health Club location.


Client One-Month Village Membership Certificate compliments of realtor. Village Member Realtor receives a free month of dues and a 60-minute massage if client joins the Village. Nonmember Realtor receives a 60-minute massage or a one-month pass if client joins the Village.

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Realtor Referral Program

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The Genesis of

Kinesio Tape what is kt and is it for me? For years, physical therapists and other health care practitioners have seen the results manual therapy can produce for patients with a variety of aliments, however, the results are often temporary. The need existed for a product that could be used between treatment sessions that would increase the efficacy of manual therapy and produce longer-lasting results. In 1979, Japanese-born Kenzo Kase invented Kinesio tape (KT) and the Kinesio taping method. This taping method can be best described as lifting the layer of skin and attached tissue covering the muscle below allowing blood and other body fluids to move more freely in and around the muscle.

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For about 10 years following its invention, KT was used alongside other therapies by orthopedists, physical therapists, and chiropractors. It was when Japanese Olympic athletes discovered the benefits of KT that these colorful strips started a worldwide buzz. Athletes had discovered a product that might allow them to heal quicker from an injury, and possibly provide an edge over the competition.

The Technology Behind KT First, let’s examine traditional solid white athletic tape. This tape is primarily used to protect and support joints, prevent injury, and restrict range of motion. A traditional method of taping would require wrapping

a joint or muscle up like a mummy, impeding circulation and slowing down the natural healing processes of the body. Solid athletic tape is stiff, loosens quickly, is not comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and it’s removed following a game or event. KT takes the opposite approach by opening up the muscle and allowing full range of motion. It’s made of 100% porous cotton sheaths which allow the tape to lengthen but not widen. It stretches to 140%–190% of its original length, allowing the recoil to create the therapeutic effect by its pull. It is latex-free and designed to mimic the elastic properties of the epidermis. It’s also designed with a wavelike pattern which allows it to breathe. KT can be worn for all daily activities, including exercise and showering, and can last for up to 5 days before needing to be reapplied.

The Theory Behind Kinesio Tape This is where things get interesting. Science and research studies are still trying to catch up to the recent KT phenomenon. The amount and quality of research is currently underwhelming, however, several studies exist on its effectiveness for various medical conditions. Here are a few theories:

The cutaneous fusimotor reflex theory Proposes that the stretch of the tape on the skin activates the underlying muscles to contract via gamma motor reflexes. Using the tape increases the intensity and frequency of the stimuli, which results in an increased muscle contraction.

Alignment One of the most common issues found by a physical therapist is forward head posture. This slouching posture is often created by poor daily habits and environments. KT can help bring your body back into alignment, reinforcing proper posture while at work or home.

Sports Many athletes have KT applied before competition to prevent reinjury. For example, if an athlete has chronic plantar flexion ankle sprains, the tape may be applied in a manner which will stabilize the joint and increase the firing potential of muscles that will oppose plantar flexion.

KT can help bring your body back into alignment, reinforcing proper posture while at work or home. Creation of channels for lymphatic flow KT lifts the skin away from the underlying muscle, creating channels for the passage of lymph. This would be beneficial for the removal of swelling from an area of trauma.

Enhanced proprioception Proprioception is the ability of the body and the brain to figure where is it is in space. This is the primary reason why an X Game athlete can do a 720 in the air and have the awareness to stick a landing. The tape may allow for increased proprioception of the skin and underlying soft tissues thus reducing the chance of reinjury and also increasing sports performance.

Reasons to Use Kinesio Tape Rehabilitation KT can be used before a manipulation in a physical therapy or chiropractic session by opening up the fascial tissue to make a manual manipulation easier to attain. It can also be used following a manipulation to provide increased stabilization to the effected area, thus giving the muscles and ligaments a better chance of healing by taking pressure off the areas that have been manipulated.

Pain Management KT tape can be used to decrease pain in areas of the body that can be bothersome. For example, there is a technique to decrease pain in a triathlete who suffers from chronic IT band syndrome (usually manifesting as pain on the outside of the knee). A Kinesio taping method could alleviate swelling to the area by helping to drain the edema via the lymphatic system.

The Real Important Stuff Does Kinesio tape come in colors that will match my new LuLu outfit? Unlike that scary old white athletic tape that clashes with everything, KT tape comes in a wide variety of designs and colors that will be sure to match anything in your wardrobe. In fact, KT is currently considered a fashion accessory and is often a great icebreaker when meeting new people. It sells for roughly $20 a roll. There are many different brands of Kinesio tape that include RockTape, KT Tape, SpiderTech tape, and the original Kinesio brand. I’ve tried them all and I use and endorse RockTape in my clinic because it seems to stay on the skin longer. Just remember, application and technique are more important than which brand you use. If you would like to try KT it’s important to go to a licensed health care provider who has been trained to tape through a professional organization. It may look simple on YouTube, but a proper medical evaluation is always imperative before you just slap some tape on yourself. Furthermore, there are many different taping techniques that require advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. Your body is priceless, so take care of it and go to a professional. Michael’s practice, The Body Shop Physical Therapy, is located on the lower level of DC Ranch Village. He is a certified FMT (Fascial Movement Taping) RockTape Doc with advanced training in applying Kinesio tape. Michael has used KT for years with his patients and would like to share one of the latest innovations in the sports medicine community with you. Contact him for a consultation or appointment at 480.620.3720.

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Camelback Village scores a new basketball court surface After 22 years bearing the sweat and tears of Village members of all ages, the original 1992 basketball court has been completely replaced—a process that took 33 days but puts the Camelback Village facility in great shape for the next 20 to 30 years. Greg Heisser, Camelback Village Assistant Programs Director, oversaw the entire process as the court was cut out down to the foundation in 2' x 5' sections and removed over a span of two days. A concrete sealer and water vapor barrier were added to the foundation before the new FIBA-certified subfloor system was installed. A local Phoenix company, Arizona Hardwoods, installed 2 1/4" maple boards across the subflooring system over the next few days. A caramel stain was applied to the areas inside the three-point line and outside the key on all four quadrants of the court before a coat of sealer was brushed over the entire floor. Next, court lines (including a special half-court and free throw line for junior basketball players) and logos were added, in fresh citrus colors to coordinate with the palette used throughout the club. The final step was to add two coats of epoxy to preserve the quality of the wood. This weeklong process will happen periodically in future years to maintain a safe playing surface.

On May 6, 2014, the beautiful new court opened for business—which at the Village means activities of all kinds, including basketball. The Spring League championship game on May 15 was the first official game on the new court with Captain Tucker Blalock’s team coming out victorious, 101 – 90.

Basketball at Camelback Village Adults (18 and up) can participate in 4-on-4 pickup basketball throughout the summer on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 6:00pm or Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00am. Adult Fall Leagues, both 20 & up and 40 & up, begin in September. Teams are drafted. Junior activities include clinics during the summer and 5-on-5 leagues, which also begin in September. Teams for ages 7 – 11 are drafted. Registration for the Fall Junior Basketball Leagues begins in August with the season starting in September (registration forms will be available at the front desk). Please contact Greg Heisser for more information at 602.840.6412 or

On and Off the Court

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For you own health and safety, and to help preserve the court surface, please remember:



Please wear athletic shoes on the court

Casual footwear or other sport shoes such as Vans which don’t protect your feet during athletic play and have soles which aren’t court-friendly

You and your friends/team

You and your café food or lounge drink which could spill and create a slipping hazard

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Beat the Back-to-School



time for parents, and kids, to prepare for the upcoming school year Summertime! Splashing around in the pool, staying up later than usual, enjoying the quintessential lazy summer day. The transition from summer to school can be rather challenging, as any change takes some getting used to. Summer brought the joy of teaching your child how to dive into the pool, the pleasure of devouring ice cream cones together on the porch, the peacefulness of taking post-bedtime walks through theneighborhood. Sadly, those relaxing moments seem to grow scarce once the school bus reappears. However, with these simple tips, the transition is sure to be smooth and effortless!

Ease back into scheduled days. Starting two weeks prior to the first day of school, start your child’s bedtime routine 10 minutes earlier than normal, and start their wake-up routine 10 minutes earlier, too. Aim to serve meals at the same time they would eat during the school year.

Keep passions in play. During the summertime your child may become interested in a hobby or sport. Keep this integrated throughout the school year through an after-school program or group that will allow them to continue their newfound interest.

Set up a homework area. Create a quiet, peaceful space without electronic distractions for your child to do their school work. Make sure this space has all of the necessities, and to make it a fun process, have your child go with you to pick out supplies.

Kristin Bullock Youth Services Director, Gainey Village

Stay connected to nature. Just because the summer months turn into the school year there’s no reason your child should say farewell to outdoor fun. Set aside an hour of outdoor time each afternoon, whether it’s a bike ride, a walk, or a sport. This is essential in order to maintain their sanity— and yours.

Go for a test run. Take a trip to school and check out the classroom, the playground, the bathrooms, the cafeteria, etc. Get your child familiarized with the new surroundings and the new schooltime routine. We are aware that transitions can be challenging at times, but they don’t have to be painful. Make them creative and fun, discover a routine, and above all BE PATIENT.

Diggin’ In Construction began in April 2014 on the new Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa which is scheduled to open in April 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. Ocotillo Village will be located at 4200 South Alma School Road (corner of Alma School and Ocotillo roads). Photos of the site may not look like much right now, but they reveal a stunning setting for the new Village club and stir excitement in those east valley residents looking forward to visiting and joining. Okay, we’re all pretty excited!

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Supplements + Smoothie


over 55% of us use them and believe they are not just snake oil

Most people have probably seen an old Western or two wherein there is always the obligatory traveling salesman hawking dubious bottles of noxious-looking fluid from the back of his horse cart. And there is always a shill in the audience who stumbles up, buys a bottle, drinks it, throws his hat in the air with a huge whoop and cries out that he is cured.

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Bill Kurklen, Café Manager, Gainey Village

Today, the efficacy of vitamins and diet supplementation is the hot controversy. Yet, a quick web search will show that over 55% of the U.S. population uses them. The FDA claims that most supplements, including multivitamins, are dangerous, unnecessary, and should be regulated. Supplement manufacturers (and many consumers) claim the FDA secretly knows that many supplements are not snake oil and are actually conspiring with pharmaceutical companies to take economic control of the industry. The FDA has taken several steps to ensure the public’s safety in this arena: in 1994, the FDA put restrictions on false claims and the labeling of all supplements sold in the U.S., and in 2007 they implemented a “good manufacturing practices” (GMP) policy to ensure

dietary supplements “are produced in a quality manner, do not contain contaminants or impurities, and are accurately labeled.” While the controversy over safety and efficacy will continue, the future of supplementation regulation is hard to predict. Common sense suggests that sticking with products from large, long-standing and reputable companies is the smart way for consumers to protect themselves and continue to enjoy their supplement boosts. The following is a list of supplements we stock and use as “smoothie boosts” at the Gainey Village Atrium Café. They are manufactured at NSF-certified GMP facilities and are third-party tested for safety. They are also all naturally occurring substances.



Occurs naturally in the human body and is manufactured by our amino acids. The best food sources for natural creatine are meats. Creatine supplies energy to cells (primarily muscle cells) and it is theorized that supplementing with creatine can hydrate muscles and assist in developing muscle mass. This is arguably the most-studied (and safest) supplement in sports medicine.

Basically, protein is just large molecular chains of amino acids. Protein has many varied functions in the body. The two functions most interesting to weight lifters are its ability to transport molecules throughout the organism and its ability to bind and adhere. As a result, protein provides essential structural and mechanical function in muscle tissue. We stock several types of protein: vegetable protein (derived mainly from peas, rice and artichoke), egg protein (from egg whites), and your basic protein powder which is a blend of whey protein and egg-white powder.

Glutamine Also naturally occurring, very well-studied and generally considered safe, glutamine is a non-essential amino acid which is found in meats, fish, and dairy. Supplementing with glutamine may promote healing. Glutamine also serves as a nitrogen donator for anabolic processes such as building muscle. It aids in protein synthesis which helps in building muscle tissue as well.

Multivitamin Boost A vitamin powder which meets minimum U.S. RDA requirements.



Fiber/Probiotic Supplement Fiber does two basic things—it shortens transit time through the intestinal tract and encourages the production of healthy compounds which are a byproduct of fermentation inside the digestive system. The brand of fiber that we stock also contains probiotics. Probiotics are microorganisms that are theorized to help healthfully balance intestinal bacteria.


You are most likely hearing a lot about “juicing” and “smoothies” lately. With all of the information in the media, from friends/family, and from health professionals you might be left with confusion about the subject. People often ask me which is better—to make fruit and vegetable juices with a juicer or to blend them in a blender. The answer is often, it depends! What are your goals? Let’s break down the difference between the two—hopefully it will help you decide which is the best choice for you.

Blending, or making “smoothies,” actually uses the entire fruit or vegetable. So, unlike a glass of juice, a smoothie contains all of the insoluble fiber. The benefit of consuming

One of the nice benefits of making a smoothie is the ability to add. I love to add protein via organic dairy or a protein powder which helps keep blood sugars level in addition to increasing protein intake! You can also add chia or flax seed for increased fiber and omega 3s! The Verdict: I personally think both are great ways to increase nutrients and aid one’s overall health. I am a huge advocate of keeping blood sugar levels under control, so for this reason I often recommend blending over juicing. But when done properly, both can have a beneficial place in everyone’s life and most people really feel a difference when they add a vegetable-based juice or blended juice to their diet!

Brittney Clarizio, Nutritionist, 602.553.4943 or

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Juicing is the process of running fresh produce through a juicer which delivers the nutrients, water, and natural sugar from fruits and vegetables while removing the insoluble fiber (the fiber your body cannot digest). This allows you to consume many nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in a very small quantity of food—in other words, more bang for your nutritional buck. If your goal is to deliver as many nutrients to your body as possible without having to consume much food, juicing is for you! Cold-pressed juice is the “gold standard” because high heat can destroy some nutrients. Drinking juice delivers nutrients rapidly since your system doesn’t need to deal with breaking down insoluble fiber. For the same reason, juices can cause high blood sugar spikes because these foods consist almost entirely of natural sugar known as fructose.

the fiber, beyond health benefits such as decreased blood pressure, is that nutrients and sugar are released into your system over an extended period of time (much like an extended release tablet) which can prevent blood sugar spikes! The fiber also makes the smoothie more filling and will keep you satisfied much longer than drinking juice.

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Summer Sun

Protection Skin cancer is chiefly a lifestyle disease, so the good news is that it’s highly preventable. Unfortunately, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Everyone, regardless of skin color, should make staying safe in Arizona’s sun a priority. Please, incorporate sun protection measures into your daily life.

• SEEK THE SHADE. The sun is strongest between 10:00am and 4:00pm. If your shadow is shorter than you are, then the harmful UV radiation is stronger. • DON’T BURN. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if they have had 5 or more sunburns in a lifetime. • AVOID TANNING BOOTHS. Just four visits a year can increase the risk of skin cancer by up to 15 percent. • COVER UP WITH CLOTHING. UV-blocking sunglasses, a hat, and clothes made of densely woven fabric in bright or dark colors offer the best defense. • KEEP NEWBORNS OUT OF THE SUN. After six months of age, sunscreens are safe to use according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. • ALWAYS USE A BROAD SPECTRUM (UVA/UVB) SUNSCREEN.

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The Village Spas carry a wide variety of sunscreen options. Here are just a few:



(not available at Camelback location) ANTIOXIDANT DAILY FACE PROTECTANT (SPF 33) —Invisible, hydrating, weightless and perfect for wearing under make-up.

Very Active (SPF 45) —Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, with an ultra sheer zinc oxide. Other PCA sunscreens include Protecting, Perfecting or Hydrating (each SPF 30), and Weightless (SPF 45).

PHYSICAL PROTECTANT (SPF 45) —Mineralbased sunscreen that provides a sheer matte finish. Contains green tea extract to calm skin from stress caused by UV rays and heat.

COOLA Classic Sunscreen—Uses organic active ingredients to absorb and dissipate UVA/UVB rays. Mineral Sunscreen—Uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to scatter and reflect UVA/UVB rays—includes Coola Baby.

EMINENCE Sun Defense Minerals (SPF 30) —For both men and women, this brush-on powder is easy to use (carry and apply anywhere). It’s water-resistant and nonclogging.

SKINMEDICA Daily Physical Defense (SPF 30) —Excellent for all skin types including sensitive and post-procedure skin.

The Village Spas pride themselves in recruiting only the best service providers in the industry to provide you with exceptional spa and salon services. Whether you are looking for a quick manicure, a full day of relaxation or a specific therapeutic treatment, we have the diverse staff to ensure your expectations are exceeded.

Citrus Honey Blossom Body Treatment This fresh-squeezed seasonal body treatment for summer can be purchased individually for $94 or can be selected as part of our Summer Series. The service begins with a salt, citrus-grass and agave nectar oil scrub to exfoliate. A honey-papaya wrap packs a vitamin punch and is followed by a honeysuckle-blood orange custard cream massage containing live fruit cells that deliver high concentrations of vitamins A, E and C. Relaxation drenched in fruity goodness!


Heading Back to School? Start the year fresh-faced with a Teen Clean Facial designed to improve issues specific to teen skin. This 45-minute treatment includes deep pore detoxification, deep pore extractions, and moisturizing. Our estheticians will educate teens about skincare and can put together a skin care regimen to help keep both boys’ and girls’ skin clear and problem-free. A massage may be the perfect way to prepare for the pressures of a new school year. Massage can also be extremely beneficial to student athletes who may be seeking to improve range of motion, flexibility and reduction of inflammation. (Available to students 16 and older.)

Braiding Wanna stay cool and stylish while working out? The Spa at Gainey Village is offering hair braiding all summer long. Braiding is great for everyone and every occasion— summer break, swimming, workouts, yoga, beach vacations, or a nice evening out. You’ll look great and get your sweat on without hair falling in your face or making you hot and frustrated. For various styles and details, consult with Carvell today!

Teens might also enjoy visiting the salon for a new look before heading back for the first day of school. Our stylists take continuing education classes so they can relate to teens and keep up with the latest color, cutting, and styling techniques. Of course, a Signature Manicure or Pedicure will add the perfect finishing touch!

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can't I just

lose eight pounds?

Kevin Shepard, MS, CISSN, CSCS, Certified Sport Nutritionist, + Certified Personal Trainer, 480.502.8844 ext 243

She was on the verge of tears and I could see the frustration in her eyes. “Why can’t I just lose eight pounds!?”

Can you replace the pretzels with something else you might like? “Didn’t hear what I said?” I don’t like any other food!

Why eight pounds? I asked. I’m going shopping in New York in two weeks, she said.

Have you tried shakes and smoothies? No, she said and her eyes began to water as she repeated, “eight pounds.”

What else is going on? I’m really stressed out. I have finals coming up at school. I’ll be starting my summer job, the same one from last summer. I begin a summer internship when I return from New York. Then we go to Mexico for a month. I want to look great on the beach. I know I eat too much on the weekends…it’s because I’m so hungry I can’t stay on the program. What do you eat during the week? That’s easy because I eat the same thing every day. I have egg whites for breakfast, hummus and pretzels for lunch, pretzels for the snack in the afternoon, and for dinner I eat chicken breast and a small salad or vegetables.

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Your calories are too low that’s why you’re hungry and can’t stick to the program. I use the MyFitnessPal app for food journaling and it says I should eat 1700 calories. I reduced the number to 1200 calories, but I stay around 900. If I eat more food how can I lose eight pounds? Your calories are too low. Your metabolism has slowed to compensate for you starving yourself. What do you think about increasing your calorie intake? Have you thought about fruit or other food choices that might work for you? I hate all fruit. Have you tried switching out your current foods for other food choices? No, I don’t like anything else.

You’re going to have to find what works for you on your own. I have no other suggestions. There are five points to address regarding this conversation that might apply to you and your efforts to lose eight pounds:

Low calorie intake. If calorie intake is too low, the body will make compensatory adjustments in resting metabolism to resist weight loss. The body will also conserve energy by increasing the fuel efficiency of its organs and by reducing blood flow to the extremities like fingers and toes to conserve energy and resist weight loss. When I suggested that someone add some fruit or increase their intake of carbohydrates by having oatmeal or toast for breakfast, it’s not unusual for them to lose three pounds in 14 days.

Restrictive food choices. If the food choice library is too small, you will miss out on the metabolic adjustments that occur from eating a variety foods that contain different ratios of protein, fat, water, fiber, and carbohydrate. Fiber is very important—especially fiber from fruits, salads, and vegetables—is vital to a healthy digestive system, and supports regular elimination. Fiber helps to increase the feeling of fullness while on a reduced-calorie diet.

Healthy Pretzels and other processed items as a regular food choice. Most packaged foods are processed and engineered to provide the perfect combination of sugar, salt, fat, and crunch to make them taste wonderful. That’s why they taste so good! The FDA’s “rounding rule” for declaring nutrients allows a standard error adjustment when reporting nutrients on a nutrition panel. The bottom line is I believe you can bet that a packaged product contains more calories than the label claims. The standard margin of error results in an allowable error of up to 20 percent. This 20 percent can mean the difference between weight loss and no weight loss for you.

Intense life stress. When you’re stressed, no matter what the cause, your body will respond in a predictable manner—by engaging the fight or flight mechanism. This survival response prepares the body for physical action in response to stress and will increase heart and breathing rates, increase blood pressure, increase blood glucose levels, increase mobilization of free fatty acids, shift blood distribution from the abdominal organs to the skeletal muscles, and increase hearing sensitivity and vision acuity. Normal blood glucose levels are around 100. In fight or flight situations, the liver (which stores glucose) releases glucose into the bloodstream so that the working muscles have fuel to fight or flee, increasing blood glucose levels to as high as 150. Because you neither fight nor flee, the body must return blood glucose back to 100. In order to do this, fat cells welcome the newly released glucose and store it as more fat. During the next meal, the liver absorbs extra glucose to return stored glucose to normal levels. Now imagine this cyclical process repeated on a regular basis. You can actually increase fat stores while on a calorie-restricted diet. Reducing stress can help reset proper body balance and homeostasis and return blood glucose levels to normal.

Weight Loss

Use a combination of these three pathways:

1. Eat less and move more. R  educing calorie intake and burning calories through exercise leaves the body looking for fat to burn. It’s like taking a road trip and burning your stored fuel.

2. Your vital organs can use fat for fuel. If given the correct combination of calories (not too many, not too few), optimal spacing of meals and snacks, and the best menu composition (the right ratios of fat, protein, and carbohydrates), your liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, etc. will begin to utilize stored fat as fuel.

3. Increase muscle strength.  y performing traditional B resistance exercise you will increase lean body mass.

High emotional attachment to losing eight pounds. In my experience, you will never get what you desire most while a combination of stress and obsessive, burning desire to possess it are in play. You have to think big picture. Television, the internet, books, magazines, and advertising make it seem like losing weight is so easy that anyone can do it—and it makes you feel like you must be the only one who can’t. The truth is that weight loss is a slow process. When someone asks me if it’s possible to lose ten pounds in twenty days, I say yes, it can be done…if you get E-coli bacterial food poisoning!

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If your goal is to lose some weight, take the time to find the program that works best for you. Creating a daily and weekly meal plan is important so that you don’t return to the old standby food choices. The best success I’ve seen is from people who keep a food journal. You will meet many self-proclaimed diet and weight-loss experts. Don’t follow any of them. Use the services of a highly educated professional, certified in the area of diet and nutrition, and experienced in the area of weight-loss counseling. The actual look of your weight-loss program will be as unique as you are.



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Lisa Williams, ANP-C, Nurse Practitioner

Q: Hi Lisa, I’m a 45-year-old female. I’ve been exercising for years in the gym as well as running almost 5 miles a day, at least 5 days a week. I also ride my bike and hike frequently. I have low body fat and an athletic build and many people mistake me for a teenager from behind but once I turn around they can see that is not the case! I have noticed in recent photos that my face is gaunt and looks skeleton-like. Lately I’ve lost a lot of fat in my face. I apply many creams and sunscreens but it’s not improving. I love to run and work out and am not willing to discontinue my strict exercise regimen just to save my face! I have always been considered good-looking, but hardly anyone compliments me anymore. I heard you can prevent my face from looking older as well as turn back the clock. Any advice? lisa: Congratulations on your successful, healthy lifestyle so far. Believe it or not, your question is very common. A lot more body fat is stored in the face than most people realize (until they compare before-andafter photos or hear comments from others). But not to worry, because there is a solution. You don’t have to choose between a fit body and a youthful face—you can have both. We all know that those leaner-looking people who are typically runners, hikers, triathletes, yoga buffs, and cyclists can develop skinny-looking faces with hollow cheeks. Lifelong sun damage further contributes to the loss of the fatty layer beneath the skin. This is commonly referred to as the classic “runner’s face.” Runner’s face typically occurs in both men and women, ages 30+. While exercising, an athlete burns off fat beneath the layers of his/her skin. The marked loss of fatty tissue results in a loss of volume

which leads to a prominent appearance of the bones, accelerated development of skin laxity and deepening of wrinkles. Though you may look like a 20-year-old from the chest down or from behind, your face will easily give away your age. The leaner we are, the less fat we have in our face. At the same time, as we age we lose facial volume. It’s difficult for people who have always been considered attractive to suddenly notice that their skin is frail, thin, bruises more easily, and sags. This adds to the emotional distress caused by aging in general. My opinion is that the most overlooked sign of aging is loss of volume in the mid-face. As we age, the midface loses fat and begins to narrow, shifting the face downward making the mid-face appear bony. Volume loss here contributes to the appearance of drooping and sagging of the cheeks and eyes. It can begin in our 20s. What are my nonsurgical options? I do not want to undergo facial plastic surgery at this point in time. There’s a new product on the market—Juvederm® Voluma®. It’s the only hyaluronic acid filler approved for use in the mid-face and we offer this treatment at Ultra Smooth Skin. Juvederm® Voluma® is a thick, injectable hyaluronic acid volumizer that recontours the face to restore volume to the cheeks, cheekbone, nasolabial folds, mouth corners and jaw line. Results are instant, revealing a subtle, yet natural aesthetic lift recreating the “triangle of beauty.” It’s thicker than regular Juvederm® which the FDA recently approved for up to two years for longevity.

SUMMER What about my neck? Can you do something about my neck? It is difficult to treat the neck. We do not inject fillers in the neck. Some people fight neck laxity and damage with Fraxel and Thermage treatments. Another option is a neck lift performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Should I stop working out so much in order to save my face? Absolutely never stop working out and doing what you love! I’ve never told anyone to stop running so they could look younger—it’s so easy to plump a gaunt face right back up by injecting a little Voluma®. How do I know if I am a good candidate? I don’t expect a miracle or that my face will look like it did when I was 20, I just want an enhancement and less loose skin. We can do an assessment to determine whether you’re a good candidate and give you a fair analysis. It’s wonderful that you have realistic expectations. We do not want to treat anyone who isn’t realistic. We cannot make someone look like they did 25 years ago, but certainly it is possible turn back the clock 5 – 8 years, and most importantly we can provide maintenance. It is acceptable to have a few wrinkles at some point, and those lines won’t diminish your beauty. Want proof? Look for current photos of Catherine Deneuve or Kate Moss.

CONTINUES THROUGH AUGUST 31 Choose any combination of massage, facial or seasonal body treatment A portion of every series sold this summer will go to support Camp Soaring Eagle which provides the healing power of laughter to thousands of seriously ill children by giving them the opportunity to go to a medically supervised camp at no cost to campers or their families. Every child deserves a chance to laugh, play and just be a kid!


How many syringes will I need? It’s difficult to predetermine, but most people start out with one or two syringes of Voluma®. We periodically assess you (every 6 months) after the initial treatment.


Can I get Voluma in other areas like my lips or lower face? No, Voluma is only FDA approved for the mid-face. However, we can place Juvederm® XC in the lower face and lips as long as you are currently natural-looking in those areas. We don’t inject people who already have too much product in their face or lips or who do not have realistic expectations. ®








How many injections have you performed? I’ve performed thousands of cheek and mid-face injections. Ultra Smooth Skin is one of the top purchasers of Botox® and Juvederm® in the country. We’ve earned a “Black Diamond” certification from Allergan, the makers of Botox® and Juvederm®, an honor earned by fewer than 1% of all medical aesthetic practices. It’s awarded to leaders in the field, and demonstrates a commitment to the highest level of patient care. Additionally, I completed the de Maio Master’s Voluma® Technique course taught by the wonderful Mauricio de Maio, MD, Sao Paulo, Brazil, a renowned plastic surgeon and expert Voluma® pioneer injector. I am privileged to be one of a few nationwide facial-filler injectors to be recently trained by Dr. de Maio. Ultra Smooth Skin—located in Gainey Village and DC Ranch Village. To make an appointment please call 480.991.3038. Be sure to ask about the Village member discount!

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This Camelback family may be on different schedules, but they’re bound together by love and activity.

Kathy Peterson doesn’t get to see her family much. She spends most of her days teaching first graders in Mesa. Her husband Paul often works past 7:00pm for the State Land Department. She has a daughter at college in San Antonio, and another daughter who’s juggling a job and ASU, where she’s majoring in communications. Her son is either going to high school, working at Flower Child, or dancing on stage with Miley Cyrus (see sidebar).

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Kathy is resigned to the fact that getting her group of go-getters together is a lot like herding cats. “This year’s Mother’s Day festivities had to be pushed back to 8:00pm to accommodate everyone’s work schedules,” she explains. “And the family photo from last summer was the first one we’ve had taken in years.” But through it all, the Petersons have managed to stay close, thanks in part to a shared love of exercise. Everyone in the family goes to the Village on a regular basis—at different times, of course—and her oldest daughter even worked at the Gainey Village Club for nearly four years. We caught up with Kathy for a quick chat about fitness, family and finding time for what’s important.

the village: Why is health and fitness such a big part of your family dynamic? kathy peterson: There are lots of reasons. First of all, exercise relieves stress. And when you’re busy running around all the time and working hard, you really need that time to decompress. Exercise makes everything feel good, and staying active helps everyone in our family maintain a positive outlook on life. Are most of the people you hang out with from the Village? Oh yes—and many of the friends we made in the early 1980s at the Village are still our friends today! People who work out together tend to bond together. We’ve been to many parties hosted by friends we’ve made at the Village, and I enjoy seeing familiar faces at the grocery store, restaurants, the mall or even a gas station. You might not even be friends with someone, but when you have the common bond of seeing each other at the Village working out you have a reason to offer them a hello or a smile when you see them.

Going the Do you go to a lot of the events at the Village? I’m more anti-social in that area, but my husband LOVES the parties at the club. He usually attends any Village party he can, from Casino Night to the Luau they just had.

"I love the fact that the Village is open all day… because even though we’re on different schedules we can all find time to get our workouts in." You mentioned that your history with the Village goes back to the 1980s. How did that happen? My husband Paul joined the club in 1980 to play tennis, before I even knew him. A fellow tennis player named Bill, who was dating my sister—and is now my brother-in-law, by the way—told Paul that I was a tall, pretty blonde. Bill had no idea that I was a five-footthree brunette! Well, Paul was in for a surprise on our blind date, but we hit it off and have been married for 29 years. We got married in 1985 and have both been members of the Village ever since. What was the club like in those days? It was very different. I don’t even think it was part of DMB back then. It was mostly just for tennis players. There was a pool, but it was small and was located where the women’s locker room is today. They also had a weight room, but it was in the men’s locker room—I guess women didn’t lift weights back in the day! What sorts of activities do you like to do at the Village now? I love to run, do yoga and lift weights—now that I don’t have to go into the men’s locker room! My husband does spin at least five times a week and is still an avid tennis player. If we can find any time to be together, Paul and I will sometimes have a drink in the lounge and watch some of the members play tennis or sports on TV. My three children all enjoy spin, yoga, weights and swimming. My middle daughter is a college swimmer and she uses the weight room every time she’s back at home on a break. What’s your favorite thing about the Village? Oh, there are so many great things that it’s hard to pick just one. I love the fact that the Village is open all day and we can go whenever we want. That’s a big deal for us, because even though we’re on different schedules we can all find time to get our workouts in. We also love the Village staff. The front desk crew is so friendly, fun and just amazing. They have me checked in before I enter the front door. I always tell them they need to put out a tip jar—I would definitely contribute to that! The trainers in the weight room are also great. Even if you don’t train with them they’re always willing to answer a question or offer advice. I also want to praise the managers. Anytime I’ve had a concern they’ve always listened to me and worked hard to find an answer.

Kathy Peterson’s 17-year-old son Matt had the good fortune of meeting Miley Cyrus when he was in sixth grade. In 2009, she picked him out of a crowd of about 50 screaming kids (mostly girls) to hang out with her during a KISS FM radio show. He never forgot how nice she was to him back then, so this year he wanted to see her when she came to town on February 27 during her Bangerz tour.

Tickets were sold out before Matt could get any, so he decided to climb Camelback mountain, get naked and make a YouTube video inviting Miley to his prom instead. The media went crazy over the video thanks to Johnjay and Rich from KISS FM, and Matt and his video became a viral sensation. “Ryan Seacrest interviewed Matt, Wendy Williams did a segment on him, E News did several spotlights on him and he was in several magazines,” Kathy recalls. “It honestly was crazy!”

Matt made his whole family proud by handling himself with poise and pizzazz during every interview. And while Miley didn’t accept Matt’s invitation to prom, she sang Adore You and danced with him onstage at US Airways Center in front of thousands of screaming fans.

 Matt Peterson on stage this year with Miley Cyrus.

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Have you had any dramatic physical transformations since joining the club? We really haven’t because we’ve been dedicated to working out consistently all these years. We make going to the Village a priority and expect to do so for many more wonderful years. We are getting more wrinkles, but that’s about it!

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focus on members Another Perfectly Crazy Village Party! It was a beautiful night by the pool for the “Jamaican Me Crazy” party thrown on April 24 at Gainey Village. Members enjoyed live music, great food, and yummy desserts!

Live entertainment by Kyle Phelan and his band.

 ob Foster, Golden and Marjorie St. R John, and their guest.


Nancy Stevens, Kathleen Schluttner, Denise Gullickson.

Cari Kost and Renee Reseh.

 ileen Hatfield and E yummy desserts.


Lisa Keller, Jane Mizrachi and their guests.

Marty Weisbrodt, Amy Kircos, Natalie Dalton, John Setlak, Tucker Wolfe.




To have your Village Club event photo considered for the Focus on Members section next issue, please email it, with a short caption, to (Camelback); tclark@dmbclubs (DC Ranch) or (Gainey).

Swing Into Summer About 150 members and guests gathered at the DC Ranch Village Tennis Center on May 2 for an outdoor party on the courts with great food and desserts, music, a photo booth, and raffles and prizes for members and nonmembers alike. The evening was orchestrated by DC Ranch Village Event Coordinator Carly Cercone, with wine and beer provided by Silverleaf Club.

Photos © Buttel Photography Jan and Jerry Mackulak really knew how to swing into summer.


 C Ranch Village Programs Director D Tom Clark was grillmaster for the evening.

 illage member Gregory Edin and a guest V enjoyed the party.

 arly Cercone presents Andy Gregg C with his prize as winner of the “Best Dressed Tennis Attire” contest.


left Kelley Carter-Hecht (right)

and a guest pose for quick shot. right Left to right, Kevin Myers,

Wendy Myers, Cam Powell, Mike Cabano and Susan Cabano.

2014 Easter Eggstravaganza Hurrah for our biggest turnout yet with over a hundred kids in attendance! The fun included three big bouncers, a face painter, balloon artist, professional photographer taking pictures with our Easter Bunny, breakfast, and an Easter egg hunt! Sienna Moreau hanging out with the Easter bunny. It’s photo time! right Taylor Ford is pretty in pink (and black) posing with her cotton candy held high and puppy dog tucked under an arm.

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